Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation

Purple Heart Associates

Brian Eisch

Brian Eisch

Hometown: Wisconsin
Service: US Army
Rank: Master Sergeant
Awards: Bronze Star for Valor Purple Heart 3 x Meritorious Service Medal 5 x Army Commendation Medal 4 x Army Achievement Medal Combat Infantryman's Badge Audie Murphy Club Member

Master Sergeant Brian Eisch joined the Army in 1992 as an infantryman. Was in the delayed entry program with the Wisconsin National guard until early 1994 while still in high School. Served as a RTO/Scout/Senior Scout in the III Corps Long Range Surveillance Company, E Company, 52nd Infantry Fort Hood, TX from 1994-1997 earning his airborne wings and expert infantry badge. 1997-1999 served with the 25th Infantry Division as a Rifle Team Leader and an Air Assault Instructor and also graduating from Air Assault School and Rappel Master School. 1999 he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division C co, 1/504 PIR where he graduated from Ranger School and earned his Russian Parachutist Wings. Then assigned as a Drill Sergeant and Senior Drill sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood, MO from 2000-2004. In 2004, he PCS'd to Germany where he was an Observer Controller with the Joint MultiNational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. He then PCS'd to the University of Wisconsin where he taught College level ROTC and competed in the US Army NCO of the Year competition in 2008, winning 5 out of 6 competitions making it to the All Army competition and being named the TRADOC NCO of the Year 2008. also in 2008, Brian was inducted into the Audie Murphy Club and is a current standing member. In early 2009, Brian Eisch moved to Fort Drum, New York where he was assigned as a Platoon Sergeant with D co, 1-87 Infantry, 1st BDE and later as the Platoon Sergeant for the Battalion Scouts. During his deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, he was shot three times in his legs while aiding a wounded Afghanistan Policeman during an ambush. Brian is an avid tournament Bass fisherman. He likes spending time with his family and of course fishing. Brian retired in 2012 due to his wounds at the rank of Master Sergeant.

Qualifications:
Airborne
Ranger
Air Assault
Drill Sergeant
Expert Infantrymans Badge
Rappel Master

Bryan Gray

Bryan Gray

Bryan served 12 years in the U.S. Army, being medically retired after encountering an IED blast in January 2006, while serving in Iraq. Having been raised in southwest Ohio, he and his family chose northern Cincinnati as home as they began to build their new, post-military life together. After completing school, and growing a career in healthcare administration, Bryan and his family now call North Georgia home.

Since early childhood, one of Bryan’s passions has been the outdoors. As an avid fisher, hunter, and camper, he is always looking to build on his knowledge and experience of the wildlife around him. He will be the first to tell you – he still has a lot of learning to do! Being introduced to the WWIA has provided a huge positive reinforcement to all his passions: the outdoors, camaraderie and giving back to his fellow combat-wounded vets.

Crystal Masek

Crystal Masek

Hometown: Columbia, MO
Branch: United States Army Reserves
Rank: Master Sergeant MSG
Awards: Purple Heart, Silver De Fleury Medal, Combat Action Badge
Memberships: AMVE - Ameren Military Veteran Employees
Theater: Operation Enduring Freedom

Crystal has served in the Army Reserves now for twenty years. She was in a transportation tractor trailer unit for first 10 years, moved on to an Engineer Instructor unit for 6 years following that, then went on to be the First Sergeant of a Drill Sergeant company for a two-year tenure. She received her Purple Heart medal for shrapnel wounds to the neck when an RPG collided with her truck while in Iraq.
On the civilian side, Crystal was a union commercial/industrial electrician for 12 years. With her Army experience in the Reserves, she decided it more fit for her to be a leader in all aspects of her life. She decided to apply for an Electrical Supervisor position at a Nuclear Facility where she had previously worked under a local contractor. She was eventually hired on and has now held that position for five years.
Crystal has been blessed with a daughter who is now 15 years old. She enjoys hunting and fishing with her at times whenever the other teenager activities are not taking over her life. Mostly, Crystal enjoys teaching her and watching her grow into the young woman that she is.
Crystal appreciates most anything outdoors. She especially enjoys new experiences and traveling. She loves to bow hunt but would use almost any means available if it were a challenge and she could eat it. She finds it exciting to learn from others what she has not yet learned on her own, and possibly share with them some of her experiences in return.
After going on an event with WWIA, Crystal felt a desire to do something more. She wanted to give back just as it had been done for her. She is looking forward to the opportunities this program will afford her as well as others along the way.

New Friends
New Experiences
In this together, all the way.

Derek Duplisea

Derek Duplisea

Derek grew up in New Brunswick, Canada but was born in the USA. Derek served a total of 5 years with the 1st Battalion, Royal New Brunswick Regiment (Carleton & York) as an infantryman, leaving the Canadian Armed Forces as a master corporal before enlisting in the US Army.

During his second tour in Iraq, Derek was leading a patrol with 2nd platoon, Able Troop, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, when his unit was hit by a female suicide bomber and heavy small arms fire. The blast detonated within feet of the dismounted members of the platoon, severely wounding Derek and three of his Soldiers. He spent two years recovering from his wounds before medically retiring as a Sergeant 1st Class. He earned numerous commendations, medals and achievements during his 13 years in the U.S. Army, including the Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious service in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in combat 16 August, 2006.

Derek has been a WWIA Associate since 2010 and leads events all over the USA and Canada. He graduated from the inaugural WWIA Guide School in 2016. He is married to his Canadian sweetheart Andrea, has three wonderful daughters Lilly, Mackenzie & Gracie and an awesome son, Aiden. He loves to spend his free time traveling, hiking, camping and hunting & fishing with warriors. Derek holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Troy University, an MBA from University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a second master degree in Natural Resources Steward at Colorado State University.

Derek VanBuren

Derek VanBuren

SSG Derek VanBuren was born and raised in the small rural town of Skanee in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula on February 6th, 1980. Over the years he learned about the outdoors from his father, grandfather, and several other relatives and friends. He loved to hunt, fish and trap from an early age and his passion for all things outdoors continues to this day. While attending college, he worked as a hunting guide, which broadened his interest in hunting, especially bow hunting. He attended his first WWIA event at Camp Hackett, Wisconsin in the fall of 2010 and had a blast.

Derek joined the Active Army in July of 1998 and was deployed to Afghanistan from Nov 2008 until July 2009. While deployed, he and other members of his crew were wounded by an RPG during an intense firefight. He then spent some time in Lundstuhl, Germany, Walter Reed Army Hospital, and the Warrior Transition Unit while recovering from wounds, for which he received the Purple Heart medal.

Today he lives in Negaunee, MI, with his wife Katie and two children Eli and Amelia. He enjoys stream fishing for Brook Trout, fishing Lake Superior for Lake Trout, Predator Hunting, grouse and small game hunting, Bow hunting of all kinds, and most anything outdoors.

Doug Alderton

Doug Alderton

Doug Alderton was born and raised in Rhinelander WI, where he developed a true love and passion for bow hunting and fishing from an early age. He joined the Army after high school and in 2008/2009 was deployed with the 951st Sapper Company to Afghanistan to conduct route clearance missions. In the early morning hours of Oct 1st into the morning of Oct 2nd his convoy came under heavy small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire. Many of the trucks were struck and Doug, along with many other great soldiers, were wounded.

Upon returning home, Doug struggled with getting reintegrated back into society. He was even unable to enjoy the outdoors. After a time, a good friend got him involved with the WWIA and showed him that he was not alone. He saw that with the help of others dealing with the same issues, he could embrace his love of the outdoors and appreciate the things he could still do. Doug now leads WWIA muskie fishing events in his home state of Wisconsin.

Ed Reed

Ed Reed

After serving in the US Army and retiring at the rank of Colonel after 28 years of service with many decorations, including a Purple Heart, Ed Reed joined the civilian work force but continued to serve others. He started as a Program Manager for the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, where he served for 7 years. He then moved onto a position with The Terrorism Research Center as a Senior Director and was responsible for many aspect of that organization, including training others on terrorist’s mindsets and ideologies. Finally, he founded his own Emergency Management Company where he assists with coordination of emergency management situations in over 14 major cities. As an Associate, Ed continues his quest to assist others in need by helping Wounded Warriors who join WWIA.

Gabriel Fierros

Gabriel Fierros

Gabriel Fierros was born and raised in Marengo, a small town in northern Illinois. He joined the Army after high school in June 1998 and was deployed to Iraq three times during his service. On his first deployment in 2003, he was injured by a grenade explosion during a riot on Highway 8 near Baghdad. He received a shrapnel wound to his leg and stayed in country to heal. After thirty days, he continued his tour.

His third deployment to Iraq began in 2006. he was injured in a helicopter crash 20 miles outside of Baghdad. He received additional shrapnel injuries and wounds to his left eye and nasal passages. He was sent to Walter Reed Medical Center in DC for 7 months of treatment, during which time he was diagnosed with a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. After treatment at Walter Reed, he was sent back to his post in Alaska and placed in a Warrior Transition Unit to continue his care until he was medically retired from the Army. Once retired, he worked in Anchorage, Alaska as a contractor for the Army until March 2012. Then he relocated to northeast Pennsylvania and took a federal position with Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Gabriel initially heard about WWIA from one of the guys in his unit. His first trip was duck hunting in southwestern Ohio. It was relaxing to be around like-minded people who understood his experiences and the level of camaraderie was just what he needed. Gabriel now leads WWIA events and enjoys giving back to his fellow Wounded Warriors. He currently resides with his wife and son in Long Pond, PA.

Grady Rakestraw

Grady Rakestraw

Grady Rakestraw was born and raised in Western Oklahoma, where he currently resides with his wife and two children. He grew up as a small town farm kid who loved the outdoors and hunting. After high school he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly served with 1st Battalion 7th Marines as an Infantry Squad Leader and was deployed to Iraq in 2003.

Grady joined team WWIA in 2016 and looks forward to giving back to his fellow combat-wounded veterans. As a husband and father, he has found a new passion in sharing the outdoors and helping others experience the thrill of what it has to offer.

Greg Hughes

Greg Hughes

My name is Greg Hughes, I was born and raised in Columbus,OH. I attended Whetstone High School and went to school for two years for residential electrician. After graduating in 2002, I joined the Marine Corps the following year, and decided to be a Infantry Machine Gunner (0331). I was assigned to my unit, which was Lima Company 3/25, and I was part of weapons platoon. We deployed to Haditha, Iraq in 2005, and I was the lead vehicle 50.cal gunner as well a Team Leader in charge of a gun team. Unfortunately my company suffered high casualties, some of the worse to date in the OIF war.

On September 6, 2005 I was injured by a suicide truck bomber, and I was awarded the Purple Heart. Dealing with PTSD for over a year after returning home, I had finally reached my low and decided to get help. I was blessed to be hired by Franklin County Engineers, and that is where I currently still work at.

I grew up hunting the hills of southern Ohio, I'm a avid bow hunter for Ohio's White tailed Deer and any chance I get I spend it in the woods. I enjoy the great outdoors and I feel honored that I'm still here today and get to spend my time seeing what it has to offer.

Jacob “Jake” Whipkey

Jacob “Jake” Whipkey

Jake Whipkey served five years in the U.S. Army, 101st ABN division, stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds he received while serving his second tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This tour was cut short on November 18, 2007, when he was wounded while under fire in Samara, Iraq.

After being medically retired in December of 2009, Whipkey retured to Boswell, PA his home town where he lives today. He joined WWIA in 2010 and has been leading numerous events across the country ever since. Jake is a successful fisherman and hunter and has harvested small game, turkeys, wild boar, white tail deer and bear in his hunting lifetime.

Jason Johns

Jason Johns

Jason Johns is an avid outdoorsman who has been fishing since he was 3 years old, and hunting since he was old enough to get his hunter’s safety certification at the young age of 12.

Jason served in the WI Army National Guard and United States Army Reserves from 1994-2002. In February 2003 his Army National Guard unit, the 229th Combat Support Engineers, were mobilized for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He voluntarily left his civilian life and re-enlisted to join them during their combat tour with the 4th Infantry Division from 2003-04. On the morning of 26 Oct 2003, while assuming control of a checkpoint north of Samarra, Johns and a fellow squad member were wounded by the detonation of an anti-tank land mine planted by enemy forces. He completed his tour of duty in April 2004, earning a Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal, War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Reserves Medal with an “M” for meritorious service.

In the years since his return from Iraq, Jason has worked in state government relations and lobbying, eventually establishing his own firm, Wisconsin Legislative Strategies, Inc, in 2009. Jason was appointed by Governor Scott Walker in 2010 to serve in his cabinet as the Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. He did so until 2012. He served 3 years as commander of his local VFW Post and currently serves as the state Legislative Officer for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Co-Chair of the VFW Legislative Committee, and the Vice-Chair of the American Legion Legislative committee. Jason also served as the National Judge Advocate for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, U.S.A.(MOPH) from 2014-16 and is currently the National Senior Vice-Commander of the MOPH. Jason, his wife Carin, their twin daughters Abby & Ellie, and their son William currently reside 10 miles outside of Madison on 12 acres of hunting and rural paradise.

Jeremy Lake

Jeremy Lake

Jeremy Lake was born and raised in York, PA. He joined the Untied States Marine Corps in 2004 right out of high school. Jeremy went on his first deployment to Iraq in early 2005, where he received his first Purple Heart from injuries sustained from a suicide bomber. When he returned from his deployment he received orders to MARSOC for a trailer Platoon and was deployed again in 2007, this time to Afghanistan.

Once back in the US, Josh attended the Basic School in Quantico, VA, to teach officers the basic tactics of an Infantry Leader. During this time he met his wife Leah and fell in love and they had their first boy in 2009. Shortly after, Jeremy deployed back to Afghanistan as a Police Advisor in 2011. On this deployment he received his second Purple Heart from injuries sustained from an IED blast. While Jeremy was in Afghanistan, his wife had gave birth to their 2nd son. When he returned home, he went to the Wounded Warrior Battalion where he received care. During this time, he stayed active with the Battalion and Regiment, competing in events like the Marine Corps Trials and the Warrior Games. In 2014 he was nominated for Recovery Service Member of the Year and in 2015, he was Medically Retired from the Marine Corps.

Jeremy is an avid outdoorsman and joined WWIA as an Associate in 2016.

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy served 3 years in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division. In 2006 he was injured by mortar shrapnel in Baghdad, Iraq, and was awarded the Purple Heart medal and Combat Action Badge. After several surgeries and months of physical therapy, he was medically discharged.

Jeremy is currently working for the Pennsylvania DCNR as a Park Ranger. Hunting and Fishing have always been a part of his life, but it never played such an important role until now. Since leaving the military, Jeremy has found special solace in the conservation of the outdoors, and the tranquility and peace it provides.

Jeremy attended his first WWIA event in 2012, where he shot his first buck. Ever since then, he has been an active member of WWIA, leading events all over the country.

Joe Liddell

Joe Liddell

Jonah Liddell enlisted on 23October2001 in the Army as an Artilleryman and transferred to Infantry in 2003. He was commissioned in 2005 as a Tactical Intelligence Officer and deployed in response to Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005. Jonah attended Intelligence Officer Basic Course from September 2005-April-2006 and deployed to Afghanistan from April 2006- May 2007, where he was injured in combat. Jonah completed the Captains Career Course with branch transfer to Maneuver (Infantry and Armor) in 2009 and way deployed to Iraq from April 2009- August 2010, then again for joint training in Oman from January – February, 2012. Jonah became a Commander of a Cavalry Troop in Redmond, OR, where he began the process for Military Medical Evaluation Board/Physical Evaluation Board December 2012 (medically retired 30September2015). His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, German Armed Forces Badge (Gold) and Schützenschnur (Gold).

John Keeney

John Keeney

John began his obsession with the outdoors at a very young age. Growing up in Dawsonville GA gave him the opportunity to chase multiple types of game and fish. After graduating from Dawson County High School in 2001 he enlisted into the Marine Corps. In February 2003 he was deployed to Kuwait. He was attached to 1/5 and 2nd Tanks as they invaded Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On April 10, 2003 as we were taking Saddam's residential Palace he was shot in the elbow. After many surgeries and years of physical therapy, He is doing great. The best therapy he has found has been the outdoors. He is now a Manager at Tyson Foods in Cumming GA. He married his high school sweetheart Kellie Keeney and is raising two amazing children Kendall and Kolton.

Jon French

Jon French

Jon French grew up on a farm in Michigan's rural farming country. His passion for the outdoors was fostered by his parents who actively took him and his siblings hunting, fishing and made sure they spent a lot of time in the outdoors. Jon graduated with a BS and MS in civil engineering and played Division 1 varsity hockey for Michigan Technological University. He enlisted as a combat engineer in the Michigan Army National Guard. Along with several men in his unit, he was wounded in action during an enemy engagement on July 19, 2009 in Afghanistan's RC East region when he was struck in the chest with a rocket propelled grenade (RPG).

Jon still serves on active duty status out of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He attributes his mental and emotional recovery to his family, friends, and support from the local community; time spent outdoors hunting, fishing; and helping other veterans. Serving as a WWIA Associate, Jon hopes his military brothers and sisters will also benefit from the camaraderie and time spent in the outdoors as much he has.

He currently lives with his wife and two young sons in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula, where he works as a civil engineer/project manager, a farrier (trims and shoes horse hooves) and engineered/manufactures/distributes the French Visually Impaired Sighting System (a firearm sighting system for visually impaired outdoorsmen/women). Jon is also a certified State of Michigan Hunter Safety Program instructor and a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), VFW and the American Legion.

Joshua Krueger

Joshua Krueger

Staff Sergeant Joshua Krueger was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating high school in 1997 he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps where he attended basic training in San Diego California. After completion of his basic training he was assigned to first battalion fifth marines as an anti-tank guided missile man. He was deployed with his unit to numerous locations around the globe to include Australia, East Timor, Okinawa, and Egypt. After completion of his tour with the fifth marines Josh was reassigned to the second marine expeditionary force as a detail leader for a twenty-five-man unit responsible for the safety of high ranking officials within the Iraqi theatre of operations.

On February 28,2005 Josh's detail was struck by an Improvised explosive device. Josh was critically wounded by the blast and medevacked immediately to Ballad, Iraq where he was triaged and stabilized as best as possible. He was then sent to Landstuhl, Germany and ultimately to the National Naval Medical Center where most his care would be rendered. After numerous surgeries, Josh completed rehabilitation and was medically retired from the USMC on November 26, 2007

Josh now lives in Hubertus, Wisconsin with his wife and twin daughters where he works as an operations manager for a fire protection company. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

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Kelsey Smith

Kelsey Smith

Mark Broda

Mark Broda

Mark was born in NW Indiana and grew up loving the outdoors, fishing and hunting. After graduating High School in 1991, he enlisted in the USAF and spent most of his enlistment stationed at Shaw AFB, SC. He made 2 tours to the Middle East, one being to Incirlik AB outside of Adana Turkey in support of Operation Provide Comfort and the other to Dhahran Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch, where he was injured during the Khobar Towers attack on June 25, 1996.

After completing his enlistment, and after some soul searching, he graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Technology and has been in the Information Technology field ever since, currently with the Department of Veterans Affairs as an IT Specialist.

Mark has been an Associate with WWIA since 2012, leading events all over the US and in Mexico. He thoroughly enjoys the work he does with the Foundation and has met some incredible friends along the way. He currently resides in Avon, Indiana and is a gracious husband to his wonderful wife Kate and proud father to his incredible son Cullen. He is a Lifetime Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a member of Plainfield Lodge #653 F.& A.M..

Matt Tennessen

Matt Tennessen

Matt served in Afghanistan with the 951st Sapper Company, 3rd Platoon, RCP 6 from November 2008 until November 2009. The 951st is a National Guard unit with armory’s in Tomahawk and Rhinelander WI. Their mission was to provide route clearance for combat operations in Zabul Province. Matt was wounded on Easter Sunday 2009 from an IED blast that also resulted in the loss of his good friend on October 2, 2009 from an RPG attack.

Matt had the opportunity to serve with what he believes to be the best platoon in the Wisconsin National Guard. Upon his return home there were many individuals along with organizations that showed their appreciation for his service. However, he struggled with fitting back into society and dealing with all the emotions of his combat tour.

According to Matt, “I then decided to check into an organization suggested to me called: Wounded Warriors in Action. Being from Wisconsin I spent my summers fishing, falls hunting grouse, bow hunting and the family gun hunt. After looking further into this organization, I thought it would be a great fit. I signed up for a Camp Hackett hunt and was very excited for the opportunity. I was lucky enough to receive a call from the head of Wounded Warriors in Action, John McDaniel, asking me if I would like to join him on a turkey hunt in Wausau. From the moment I met Mr. McDaniel and Josh Kruger, his associate, I knew I was in for a great weekend. They set me up with a turkey guide by the name of Todd Bohm and my hunting experience was top of the line. This weekend was the first time I felt a sense of healing in which I had been looking for since my return home.”

Through friends and fellowships of the WIAA Matt continues on his path of healing. “I walked away with a feeling of belonging and understanding that I believe could not have come from individuals never in combat. The WIAA not only met its mission statement of healing the hearts and minds of combat veterans, it exceeded it exponentially. I feel a great honor and sense of pride being associated with Mr. John McDaniel and The Wounded Warriors in Action.”

Milt Yagel

Milt Yagel

1SG (Ret.) Milt Yagel served over twenty years in the U.S. Army. He lives in Theresa, NY with his lovely wife Heidi and their two boys, Milton Alan and Mason Lee.

Milt retired after serving our country at Fort Stewart, GA; Camp Carroll, Korea; Fort Hood, TX; Fort Lewis, WA; Fort Knox, KY; and Fort Drum, NY. He was deployed to Kuwait in 1994 and Egypt in 1995. His last deployment was as a Platoon Sergeant to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom VI and VII (FEB 2006- FEB 2007).

During his last deployment, he served as a Recon Scout Platoon Sergeant. At which time he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (BSM), Purple Heart (PH) for wounds, and the Combat Action Badge (CAB).

He was injured most significantly on September 11, 2006 when a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) his his truck and detonated inside the cab of the vehicle. As a result, he retained shrapnel to his right neck, shoulder, and hip, initially. He worked numerous incidents, troop in contact, quick reaction details and medivacs. He lost three Soldiers and our Squadron Commander to a helicopter crash. The remaining five (including Milt) secured the site and recovered their brothers to include the six crewmen of the Chinook.

Throughout Milt's career he was awarded the BSM, Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) 2nd award, Purple Heart (PH), Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) 5th award, Army Achievement Medal (AAM) 4th award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) 2nd award, Army Superiour Unit (ASU) 2nd award, Army Good Conduct Medal (AGCM) 6th award, National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) 2nd award, South West Asia Service Medal (SWA) with Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) wtih two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOTSM), Korean Defense Service Medal (KDSM), Overseas Service Ribbon (OSR) 2nd award, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge (CAB), Driver and Mechanic Badge with driver wheeled vehicles. He was also awarded the prestigious Order of Saint George Bronze Medallion and three sets of silver spurs on the coveted pair of gold spurs.

Nathan Allen

Nathan Allen

Nathan Allen grew up with a passion for the outdoors as a country boy from God’s country (Iowa). With limited resources, he was either fishing, hunting, or studying fishing/hunting. He also trained hunting dogs on upland birds, thoroughly enjoyed watching the dogs work the fields. After graduating high school, he went to college for a year, but it wasn’t his forte. He enlisted in the military as an Infantryman and upon graduating basic was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Nathan deployed from 2010-2011 to Kunar Province, Afghanistan. After a long year, his platoon was fifteen days away from coming home when he was wounded while going after a fellow wounded soldier. Back stateside in the hospital, fellow WWIA associate Jacob Whipkey told him to apply for a hunt with WWIA. He had nothing else to do at the time while lying in a hospital bed, so he did. Nathan says this was one of the greatest decisions of his life.

Nathan’s first WWIA hunt was the MO/KAN Ducks and Bucks, and it was everything he possibly could dream about in one hunt. Being able to meet the founder John McDaniel and listen to him speak about the organization and how it helps wounded veterans inspired Nathan to get more involved. Afterwards he began spreading the word about WWIA and helping with some fundraising on behalf of the Foundation. He enjoys seeing these Warriors go on the hunts and have a great time, watching their body language change from hesitant to “heck yeah man, let’s go!” is truly a blessing in disguise. Nathan is proud to be an Associate of such an amazing brotherhood that helps our nation’s Heroes.

Nick Fox

Nick Fox

Nick Fox retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2015. A machine gunner by trade, he served in infantry units within the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions from the rank of Private First Class to First Sergeant. He retired as a Sergeant Major within the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. During his career, he deployed 12 times, including, deployments to Iraq (3x), Afghanistan (x2) and Yemen. In 2004 he was awarded the Purple Heart, twice, while deployed to Iraq.

Nick lives in North Carolina with his beautiful wife and two daughters.

Pat Corcoran

Pat Corcoran

Sergeant Major(R) Pat Corcoran
Pat Corcoran, originally born and raised in Denver, Colorado, joined the United States Army in 1986, and served for 28 years at multiple duty locations. During that period, he served multiple combat tours, and received the Purple Heart Medal after being critically injured serving overseas in support of the Global War on Terrorism. After multiple operations and nearly a year hospitalized, he bares permanent wounds from the injuries. Pat has been married to his wife, Becky, for 25 years and they live with their two sons TJ and Patrick.

Timothy Spence

Timothy Spence

Since being severely wounded in Iraq on 6 APR 2008, one day before my 30th birthday, I have had several key motivators in my recovery. The first motivator was my wife and son. Knowing that many of my comrades didn't come home to their families, everyday that I get to spend with my family is a blessing, not to be taken for granted. My second motivator is my love for the outdoors. It could be spring turkey hunting, summer bass fishing, fall deer hunting, or winter duck hunting. Any chance I can spend outdoors, I do and would not let my injuries prevent me. I had the opportunity to hunt at Camp Hackett in the fall of 2010 with John McDaniel, founder. After seeing his passion and knowing that I couldn't be a leader/mentor in the Army anymore, I felt like I would be able to continue to serve by helping WWIA.

Travis Von Seggern

Travis Von Seggern

I served in the United States Army and did one tour in Iraq. I was born and raised in the great state of Nebraska and currently reside there.

I enjoy turkey hunting in the spring, motorcycles and fishing in the summer. and chasing whitetails in the fall.

I thoroughly enjoy taking new outdoorsmen and women out into the great outdoors and teaching them about hunting and fishing.

Tyson Scott

Tyson Scott

Tyson Scott joined the United States Marine Corps in July of 2003 and served just under 10 years. As a Staff Sergeant, Tyson held various positions at Camp Pendleton, California, as well as a recruiting duty tour in South Houston until late 2012. During Tyson's first deployment to Iraq in 2006, in support of the CASEVAC mission, a 120mm mortar landed a couple feet away, causing injuries for which he received his Purple Heart. Since leaving the Marine Corps in late 2012, Tyson moved home to Amarillo, TX. He worked for Bell helicopter building V/CV-22's for the Marine Corps and Air Force.

Tyson became a WWIA Associate in 2015 and travels the country serving his fellow Wounded Warriors. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish whenever he can.